Pickle Fans Ate Their Fill of Dill at Boston Pickle Fair

Would you eat them at a fair? We could eat them anywhere.

By Ethan L. Johns
June 25, 2018

Image: The Innovation and Design Building/Facebook

In a barrel, in a jar; pickles can even be found behind the bar!

Such was the scene that visitors found on Saturday at Boston’s second annual Pickle Fair—a sold-out celebration of cucumbers and all things salted, soured and fermented.

The Boston Pickle Fair took place at the Innovation and Design Building in the city’s Seaport District. Adults and kids alike arrived for two different ticketed sessions to sample cucumbers, kimchi, sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables

Of course, a simple salty cuke isn’t enough to draw a sold-out crowd (or is it?); pickle fanatics reveled in a pickle-flavored beer, brewed by the event’s partner brewery, the Down the Road Beer Company, in collaboration with the local Grillo Pickles. “Sam-Sam The Pickle Man” has been described as a “spicy dill-pickle sour [beer] with real pickle brine.”

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Visitors were also treated to live music, home canning demonstrations, a pickle suit and a mechanical bull. Because what event isn’t made better with a mechanical bull?

This celebration of the ever-agricultural pickle went further than just weekend entertainment, though; a portion of the proceeds from the event are being donated to Farm Aid, the Massachusetts-based organization founded by Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that raises funds for farm families in need with its annual concert.

Turns out pickles can be a whole lot more than just a tasty snack.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns